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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” — in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.” — in Illusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.” — in Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.”
“…sometimes we become so obsessed with where we think we should be we forget to be where we are now – and most of all we forget to enjoy it!” comment on enermazing/Featured: Tayla Kelley and David Barth
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.”
“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
“Extremes meet, and there is no better example than the haughtiness of humility.”
“Whatever limits us we call Fate.”
“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.”
“Man may be defined as the animal that can say “I,” that can be aware of himself as a separate entity.”
“Every thought willingly contemplated, ever word meaningly spoken, every action freely done, consolidates itself in the character, and will project itself onward in a permanent continuity.” — p. 582, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
“We Shall Naturally look round in vain the macrophysical world for acausal events, for the simple reason that we cannot imagine events that are connected non-causally and are capable of a non-causal explanation. But that does not mean that such events do not exist…” — in Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle
“In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.” — as quoted in Perfecting Ourselves : Coordinating Body, Mind, and Spirit (2002) by Aaron Hoopes, p. 64
“The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
“Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.” — in Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success (via goodreads.com)
“We haven’t got a plan, so nothing can go wrong!”
“The best life we can live is one that maximizes every skill, every talent, every breath we have and gives it back to the world without reservation… Live it.”
“Creativity perpetually invents itself.” — in Creative Consciousness
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
“The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.”
“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
“Don’t get it right, just get it written.” — “The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing”, The New Yorker (29 April 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940). The moral is ironic with respect to the fable, in which sheep do insufficient research before writing about wolves, resulting in the sheep being easy prey.
“Progress consists, not in the increase of truth, but in freeing it from its wrappings. The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn’t gold.” — Tolstoy’s Diaries (1985) edited and translated by R. F. Christian. London: Athlone Press, Vol 2, p. 512.
“But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.”